Postgraduate MSc

Building Surveying

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

Distance Learning

Course

One year

Two and a half year

Next enrolment

September 2021

Introduction

In a nutshell

In the post-pandemic recovery, not only will the construction industry build back better, it will grow greener. Repurposing buildings into sustainable new spaces is at the heart of this strategy. If you are considering a career where you can reimagine a building’s potential, our Building Surveying masters degree is your next step.  

Designed to prime you for a graduate surveyor role, our Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)-accredited Building Surveying postgraduate degree course is recommended for graduates and experienced industry professionals seeking a career conversion route.  The course is available with full-time, part-time and distance learning pathways. 

Led by academics and industry practitioners, you will build the core technical skills that underpin the building surveyor’s particular expertise in understanding the fabric of existing buildings. You will also explore how BIM technology is revolutionising practice, and consider current industry trends in refurbishment, conservation, and adaptation.

You will:
  • Study the core technological skills that underpin the building surveyor’s particular expertise in the fabric of existing buildings, including how buildings are constructed, and how they can deteriorate and fail
  • Learn how buildings can be brought back into use at the end of their lives through refurbishment, conservation, and adaptation
  • Understand the legal, professional and statutory context of the building surveyor’s role, including requirements relating to planning permission, construction contracts, and professional conduct
International

students accepted

Course accreditations
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

This is for you if...

1.

You to have a real passion for developing, advancing and shaping the built environment

2.

You are keen to develop technical skills in a recognised professional role

3.

You're practical, creative and business-focused, with an enthusiasm to progress

Course details

All about the course

Building surveying equipment

The Building Surveying postgraduate degree course at Salford meets industry needs by providing formal qualifications for built environment professionals looking to develop a building surveying skillset.

The course is delivered through a range of industry-aligned modules. The 180 credit MSc award comprises eight taught modules plus a dissertation. The 120-credit PgDip comprises eight taught modules. The 60-credit PgCert award comprises four specified taught modules.

Flexibility is at the heart of our learning approach. You can choose to study this postgraduate course full-time or part-time on campus, or part-time via distance learning:

  • Full-time students will complete four 15-credit taught modules in each of the first two trimesters on campus.  In the final trimester, you will complete a dissertation worth 60 credits.
  • Part-time students will complete two 15-credit modules in each of the first four trimesters on campus. In two additional trimesters, you will complete a dissertation worth 60 credits.
  • Distance learning students will complete two 15-credit taught modules in each of your first four trimesters. In two additional trimesters, you will complete your dissertation online, with tutor support.
Trimester one (and Trimester two for part-time and distance learning)

Building Law Principles

This module will cover:

  • Principles of contract law
  • Introduction to building contracts
  • Negligence and the duty of care
  • Occupiers’ liability and building defects
  • The land-related torts
  • Introduction to commercial leases

Building Procurement and Contract Administration

This module will cover:

  • Parties and professionals in the construction process
  • Types of contractual arrangement
  • Typical contract documents
  • Pre-contract practice and the tender process
  • Commencement and progression of the works
  • Variations and contractual claims
  • Valuations and certificates
  • Completion and defect liability

Building Information Modelling

This module will cover:

  • Introduction to Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • BIM concepts, principles, barriers and challenges
  • BIM level 2
  • BIM in the design process
  • BIM in construction and facilities management
  • Interoperability and standard

Building Surveying Practice

This module will cover:

  • Professional conduct, ethics and client relations
  • Practice of building surveys and reports
  • Dilapidations surveys, negotiations and expert witness role
  • Party wall practice and procedures
  • Health and safety responsibilities and processes
  • Maintenance and conservation management
  • Regulatory issues

Building Technology

This module will cover:

  • Sites and foundations
  • Domestic scale construction
  • Environment and services
  • Large buildings
  • Building high and wide

This module is studied across Trimester One and Two.

Trimester two (Trimesters three and four for part-time and distance learning)

Building Technology

This module will cover:

  • Sites and foundations
  • Domestic scale construction
  • Environment and services
  • Large buildings
  • Building high and wide

This module is studied across Trimester One and Two.

Building Pathology

This module will cover:

  • Cracking in buildings
  • Dampness in buildings
  • Deleterious materials
  • Masonry decay
  • Cladding failures

Planning and Development Control

This module will cover:

  • Central and local planning policy
  • Development plans
  • Operations and development control
  • Applications for planning permission
  • Permitted development and material considerations
  • Role of building control
  • Appeals and enforcement

Building Adaption

This module will cover:

  • Feasibility (design process)
  • Adaptive reuses
  • Lateral and vertical extensions
  • Principles and aspects of refurbishment
  • Sustainable adaptation
Trimester three (trimesters five and six for part-time and distance learning)

Dissertation

This module allows you to develop a research proposal with clear aims and objectives related to your study. You will undertake critical analysis of existing research and engage in various forms of recognised research in order to produce a sustained, sophisticated, and logical argument in the form of a written dissertation.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

100%

Coursework

TEACHING

Campus-based teaching and learning will develop your knowledge and skills through a blend of theoretical, collaborative and practical methods, including:

  • Lectures will introduce the core module knowledge, with tutorials designed to provide a forum for tutor-led discussion and debate
  • Project work is your chance to conduct research and other techniques that will help you to develop solutions to prescribed tasks
  • Directed study enables you to cover materials at your own pace
  • One-to-one tutorials (by appointment) are available to discuss your learning progress
  • Guest lecturers from the building surveying profession, with expertise in curriculum areas, are invited to share their knowledge 
  • Field trips are organised in co-operation with local surveying practices, giving you the opportunity to visualise what is taught and apply it to a real-world context

Distance learning students will experience our online learning environment and intensive tutor support. Weekly online tutorials are delivered to encourage student participation.

Our online learning materials enable you to complete self-directed study at your own convenience. Learning is driven by real-world problems in workplaces and job roles.

ASSESSMENT

You will be assessed through written coursework (100%) and continuous informal assessment by your tutors. Methods include:

  • Design projects
  • Essays
  • Case study analysis
  • Precedent studies

During your studies, you will have the opportunity to participate in our Building Surveying Industry Mentoring Scheme. This initiative is designed to help you navigate the transition between academic study and working life. By offering you the opportunity to share your concerns and queries with mentors who have made the transition, we hope to better prepare you for success as a graduate.

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Rising to the challenge of a changing world, our postgraduate courses are designed to shape the next generation of urbanists, scientists, engineers, consultants and industry leaders.

Driven by industry and delivered by supportive programme teams, you can develop the knowledge and skills to take your career potential further.

FACILITIES

On campus, you will experience a modern learning environment, enriched with accessible lecture theatres and AV-equipped classrooms, computing suites and multimedia libraries featuring industry journals, databases and software. Online, you will experience our sophisticated Collaborate Ultra platform, with real-time and on-demand materials. 

As a built environment student, you might encounter Energy House – the only fully climate controlled terraced-house in the world, or THINKlab, our virtual research and collaboration ecosystem. 

Programme Team

This Building Surveying postgraduate programme is delivered by an academic team with extensive research and subject knowledge. The team is part of a global built environment community with prominence in shaping construction industry best practice.

Location

There are few better places to study building surveying than the University of Salford. Located just over a mile from Manchester city centre, we're at the heart of the UK's largest architecture, engineering and construction market outside of London, with plenty of live case studies and a strong network of industry partners where you can grow your career.

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What about after uni?

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EMPLOYMENT

This course will equip you for a rewarding career as a building surveyor in the construction industry. The life of a building surveyor is varied and challenging and it is highly likely that you’ll have plenty of opportunities to travel, and that you’ll play a key role in shaping the built environment.

With an extensive understanding of buildings, the law, property and construction, you will be well equipped to pursue roles in a variety of areas including: building defect diagnostics, the conservation of historic buildings, acquisition and condition surveying, refurbishments alterations and extensions, the specification and supervision of construction work, dilapidations, party walls and rights to light work, and the design of new buildings.

Opportunities exist for building surveying graduates in a range of private and public sector environments. These include surveying and architectural professional practices, property and construction companies, and the estates departments of major organisations with substantial property holdings.

Our building surveying graduates have found employment with a number of organisations including: B&Q, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Gleeds Construction Consultants, Manchester City Council, Mansell Construction Services, National Grid, Network Rail, Property Tectonics Ltd, STMC Building Control Ltd.

FURTHER STUDY

Globally, the urban built environment is the growing focus for improving livelihoods. Our Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructure and Sustainable Environments hosts a community of academics and industry practitioners  at the forefront of research projects exploring solutions to urban challenges at local, national and international scales. 

Visit our Doctoral School to learn more about postgraduate research at Salford, and opportunities to pursue research in the built environment.

A taste of what you could become

A building surveyor

An urbanist

A project manager

A construction consultant

A site planner

And more...

Requirements

What you need to know

APPLICANT PROFILE

Designed to provide a career focus, the course is open to graduates from a broad range of subjects, including the arts, sciences, law or business. This course is also recommended for current professionals who want to formalise their existing building surveying skills.

No prior knowledge of building surveying, property or construction is required, however, it is important that you are prepared for the scope of the course content. Building surveyors have a passion for historic and modern buildings, possessing practical, creative, business-focused skills and able to operate in a professional environment. Possessing these qualities will enhance your learning experience.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

All of our courses are taught and assessed in English. If English is not your first language, you must meet our minimum English language entry requirements. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this, however we do accept a range of equivalent qualifications. 

Read more about our English language requirements, including information about pathways that can help you gain entry on to our degree courses.

COURSE ACCREDITATION

The full masters award is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)  Accreditation enables exemption from some academic entry requirements.

Standard entry requirements

Undergraduate Degree

Applicants must have a minimum of a lower second class honours degree (2:2).

Alternative entry requirements

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) 

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2021/22 £8,640per year
Full-time international 2021/22 £15,030per year
Part-time 2021/22 £1,440 per 30 credits
Distance learning 2021/22 UK: £1,440 per 30 credits. International: £1,890 per 30 credits
Additional costs

You should consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships for international students

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships.
 
We have a range of scholarships available for students applying for courses in 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. Our Global Gold Excellence Scholarship is worth £3,500 and our Global Silver Excellence Scholarship is worth £3,000 - both are available for students studying in our 2021/22 intakes.

We also offer the Salford International Excellence Scholarship which offers up to £5,000 discount on tuition fees. As this is a prestigious award we have a limited number of these scholarships available.

See the full range of our International Scholarships.

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Enrolment dates

September 2021

January 2022

September 2022